Hotel at a Glance: One on Marlin
Tucked in a quiet oasis full of tropical flowers and lignum vitae trees, One on Marlin is a luxury hideaway in the popular Providenciales area. The only access to the resort is via a gated entrance and long driveway, making it feel especially secluded. While here, you can spend your days strolling through botanical gardens planted with guava, baby banana, and pomegranate tree.
- World-class beach nearby: Grace Bay Beach, ranked among the best in the Caribbean, is a three-minute drive from the resort.
- No kids allowed: One on Marlin keeps things relaxed by catering to adults only.
- Spacious villas feature private balconies and kitchens with stainless steel appliances.
- Exotic eats: Be sure to try an organic sugar apple, a very sweet native fruit that’s hard to find in the U.S.
- Stay connected with a complimentary cell phone that you can use to make local calls during your stay.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands: Famed Beaches and 350 Days of Sunshine Annually
Providenciales—or “Provo,” as the locals call it—is the largest tourist destination on the 40 islands and cays that make up Turks and Caicos. It’s no wonder the area is popular, given its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and 350 days of sunshine per year. Providenciales was ranked No. 2 on TripAdvisor’s 2014 list of the world’s best islands. In 2012, the World Travel Awards recognized the island’s Grace Bay Beach as the Caribbean’s best, a distinction it had also won in 2007, 2008, and 2010.
Provo is ideal for snorkeling and scuba—a natural reef helps keep both waves and debris away, leaving the surf smooth and gentle. The water stays warm year-round and has outstanding visibility, so it’s easy to spot the tropical fish, sea turtles, and enormous walls of coral below the surface. Brave snorkelers and scuba divers can head to Northwest Point, where it’s common to see reef and hammerhead sharks mingling with rays.